All gifts to University of the Southwest are focused on attracting, serving, and retaining students of all ages and degree goals. Your gift will help students in one or more of the five following focus areas.
While the cost of a quality higher education can be substantial, the investment is well worth the dividends received by the students who earn the degree, by the community in which they live, and by the businesses for which they work. This year, more than 95% of all USW students will receive some form of financial aid, or tuition support, which is made possible by gifts to the annual fund or to one of the endowed scholarship funds. Without this support, many students would not be able to afford a college education, thereby diminishing their ability to realize their full potential as contributing members of society.
A hallmark of USW is the tradition of providing high quality classroom instruction. A mix of 31 full-time and 73 adjunct professors blend academic knowledge with life experience to create graduates who not only fully understand presented topics but who are also prepared to apply them in the workplace. So that professors can adequately provide these experiences, USW strives to equip them with the resources necessary to continue individual research and to remain abreast of current theories, trends, research, and technology in all aspects of their discipline.
From classrooms to science labs and dorm rooms to cafeterias, USW must provide adequate space for students to learn and live during their college experience. To meet the future demands of our growing student population, a master plan has been implemented, with some of the key construction already completed or underway.
While classroom interaction remains the most important aspect of higher education, it accounts for only a fraction of the time a student will spend earning a college degree. Technological resources such as computers, Internet, videos, CDs, interlibrary sharing, and the like enable students to demonstrate their mastery of a topic while ensuring that they are prepared for today's networked marketplace. As technology continues to play an even greater part our daily lives, colleges must continually upgrade to adequately prepare students for their role in the future.
USW's student organizations, which include such groups as Students in Free Enterprise, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Debate Team, encourage students to challenge themselves and require that students apply the knowledge and values they have learned so that they may address real life issues and concerns. These organizations also promote the importance and benefits of community service, thereby encouraging students to give back to the communities in which they live and have become contributing members.